The legendary Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s gave the world Bob Dylan, and for the most part, it's still there -- for now. Greenwich Village is changing fast, though, and many of the places where Dylan strummed his first tenative chords will be gone. The times they are a-changing.
A cozy, mid-range NYC hotel today, The Washington Square Hotel still has a place in history: it's where Bob Dylan and Joan Baez lived in the Village's folk-rock heyday.
It's rare that a live music venue from the Village's heyday can keep not only open but vital -- just ask CBGB or the Bitter End. But Cafe Wha was there when young Bob Dylan hit town, and who's to say the next Dylan won't show up there?
Caffe Reggio is practically the last survivor of an ancient race -- the Italian cafes and restaurants of the old greenwich village. They still make a mean cappucino, and who's to say the gangly kid at the next table isn't the new Dylan?
Spirited young artists from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga played at one time or another at this institution, miraculously still in business in this age of mega-rents and iTunes.
If you had to pick one place that typifies the classic New York butcher shop, it would have to be this Bleecker street institution, helmed by the venerable Frank Ottomanelli.
As the Bleecker Lunchonette, this classic Village restaurant served fantastic, homey minestrone and pasta to generations of broke NYU students, artists, and locals; they have not renamed it to make it seem more modern: madness.
There's not too much at this bar to suggest its glories in the days of Dylan and Baez and the Village folk scene of the 1960s. But sometimes you can meet an old-timer there with a few stories to tell. And you ought to listen.
Back when the Bowery was still synonymous with bums and drunks, this proletarian poetry society rang out with true bohemian rage and joy. The young and idealistic still have a place there.